Eco Renovation FAQs

Got an older house that could benefit from eco renovation? Get detailed answers to the most commonly asked questions here. We’re adding more FAQs as we go. Bookmark this page or subscribe to our news updates to stay in the loop.

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Latest FAQs

Below are the latest FAQs to be added to the SuperHomes resource library. You can search for FAQs or another specific type of resource on a particular subject by using the search filter on the right.

Do LED lights for home use impress?

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Light emitting diodes or LEDs have long been talked about as the sustainable and cost efficient future for lighting. It’s only now that LED lights for home use have emerged from being a tantalising possibility to a mainstream option that can match huge energy savings with the right sort of light at sensible prices, albeit with some caveats.

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How do I install an insulation vapour barrier?

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This is a highly technical subject, but lack of an insulation vapour barrier can lead to serious damp problems. It applies particularly to internal insulation.

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Can I DIY internal wall insulation?

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Internal wall insulation is insulation of the internal surface of external (heat losing) walls, so it is an alternative to external wall insulation. If you are having a new kitchen or bathroom this is an unmissable opportunity to insulate the walls before installing the new fitments. Likewise if you plan to redecorate  this is good time.

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Is flat and apartment eco renovation easier?

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Mid floor flats can be kept warm by adjacent flats, above, below and on both sides and then eco renovation is only needed on the exposed wall and windows and for improved heating, ventilation and lighting.

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Can I install a MVHR system in a Victorian house?

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Yes, you can! MVHR system installation in a Victorian house can even be DIY’d but there will be some challenges as this video explains.

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What is a U-value?

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What is a U-value and how do you explain its importance in a way that connects? Enter the world of When Alan met Sharon (A U-value Romance), a story which leads us in just 2 minutes 44 seconds to a deeper understanding of both U-values and the art of seduction.

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What 3 steps will green your home’s building fabric?

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To truly green your home you should work to improve the building fabric first. For older properties the 3 steps below will produce greater comfort, lower energy bills and lower carbon emissions by giving you a structure around your living spaces which keeps the heat you pay for where you want it  – in your home.

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How does cavity wall insulation work?

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How does cavity wall insulation work in practice? This presentation looks at how to check whether you have cavity walls and how to spot if they’ve been filled, the choice of materials, the installation method, benefits and potential obstacles.

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How can a micro hydro turbine work in a mill renovation?

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Peter Downs uses a micro hydro turbine on the river running alongside his property to part drive a water source heat pump delivering underfloor heating in the main house. This large converted mill building from 1778 is now a guest house/B&B. In this video he explains how it works and how it has led to having zero net energy costs.

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Are biomass boiler costs justified?

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Biomass boiler costs don’t end with installation. Mark Brown takes a frank look at the pros and cons of a biomass boiler for a 5 bed detached house.

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